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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - January 2014

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
January 2014

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

January 29 - 5:00-6:00pm
EBW 358, Institutes Suite, Williams Law Library
Career Planning Workshop

February 6 - 1:30-2:30pm
McDonough 205, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with David Vladeck

February 20 - 1:30-2:30pm
McDonough 220, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Michelle Ratpan and David Hawkes

March 6 - 1:30-2:30pm
McDonough 205, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Katie Keith, Kevin Lucia & Tim Westmoreland


Helpful Links
Global Health Law LL.M. Course Guides
Georgetown Law Student Handbook

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We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Welcome back and we wish you all the best for Spring Semester!


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Professor Lawrence O. Gostin is the Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute and holds the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law.  Professor Gostin teaches several courses at Georgetown Law, including a global health law simulation, and public health law and ethics.  He is is an internationally acclaimed scholar and University Professor, Georgetown’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President.  He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Benn McGrady, Ph.D., directs the O’Neill Institute Initiative on Trade, Investment and Health and is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches International Trade and Health and co-teaches Public Health and International Investment Law and the O'Neill Institute Practicum.

Benn's research examines the intersection of public international law and health, with a particular focus on international trade and investment law and regulation of risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Benn has advised public health bodies, foreign governments and inter-governmental organizations on various aspects of public international law and has particular experience advising on the implications of international trade and investment agreements for domestic public health measures as well as on legal issues concerning the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Originally from Australia, Dr. McGrady holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (hons) and a doctorate from Monash University in Melbourne, as well as a Master of Laws (dist) (Global Health Law) from the Georgetown University Law Center.

For more information about Professor McGrady, please click here. 


Sonia Allan (Global Health Law LL.M. '11 ) has published nationally and internationally on issues relating to health law, and has particular interests in genetic technologies, human reproduction, scientific research for health, and public health. She has been active in community outreach, law reform and participation in state and Federal inquiries on a number of these matters. She completed her PhD in law at the University of Melbourne, in which she considered the regulation of new health technologies including research involving human embryos and cloning. In 2011, she was awarded a Global Health Law Fellowship by Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC. She completed her LLM in Global Health Law at Georgetown, with Distinction. In the same year, she was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship for her contribution to Australian society through her international and comparative research into donor conception. She was the recipient of the 2012 Cali Award at Georgetown University for Health and Human Rights Law. Sonia has worked as an academic for over a decade, and has taught and chaired JD, LLM and LLB programs at Melbourne University, the University of Adelaide, and Deakin University particularly in the areas of health and biotechnology law; torts; legal research and method; and foundations of the common law. In 2014, she joins the faculty at Macquarie University law school, a leading University in research and teaching, in Sydney Australia, where she will continue pursuing her research on health related matters.

Professor Allan recently published the following textbook with Meredith Blake:  The Patient and the Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia.



The Grassroot Project is searching for two new program managers through a partnership with Global Health Corps


The Grassroot Project is a group of 500 athletes in Washington DC who facilitate HIV prevention programs for local youth. Global Health Corps aims to pair an American with an international to work together on the fellowship.


Position descriptions and application instructions can be found below:


(1) For a Non-US Applicant, click here.

(2) For an American Applicant, click here.


Applications are due January 26.
Regulatory Science Fellowship

Program Overview:
Launched in 2012, this regulatory science fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA’s new authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This is an excellent opportunity for exceptional professionals to actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies, serve as the lead for defined projects, meet with policy leaders, and develop new competencies, including new knowledge, skills, and experiences related to tobacco products and their use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at CTP in Maryland. The third class of fellows will start in September 2014. Fellows will be placed in one of six offices within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science.Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship. Each fellow will be awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history. Fellows may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the IOM or get reimbursed for a COBRA plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000).

Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Some candidates earlier in their career may be considered in special circumstances. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and have a valid green card number before applying to the program and must have an advanced degree.

Application Materials:
The online application will become available on January 6, 2014. Visit the fellowship website at and submit all application materials via the electronic application system. The complete application package includes:

• Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

• A One-Page Biography • Two (2) Short Essays

The deadline to submit all application materials is March 3, 2014.

The FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship is administered by the IOM and sponsored by the FDA/CTP.

All inquiries should be directed to:
FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
IOM/HPEPF | 500 Fifth Street, NW | Keck WS 838 | Washington


Global Health Corps: 2014-15 Fellowship NOW OPEN

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Applications close January 26, 2014

Apply Here
Lambda Legal is pleased to announce its posting for the 2014-2015 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights, expanded in 2013 from a summer position to a year-long funded fellowship.  Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.  The Garner Fellowship is a paid, full-time, year-long legal internship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices.
Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; and harassment and violence.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit
This fellowship honors the memory of Tyron Garner, one of the men Lambda Legal represented in our groundbreaking Supreme Court victory Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (which struck down all remaining state sodomy laws in the country) and helps expand Lambda Legal’s work in African-American LGBT communities.  Tyron Garner died in 2006, after his case vindicated the constitutional right to express sexual intimacy in adult relationships. 
The fellowship constitutes one of Lambda Legal’s efforts to increase the diversity of attorneys within the LGBT movement.  Through the Garner Fellowship, we seek to encourage and mentor law students dedicated to LGBT issues within African-American communities to become engaged in civil rights work on behalf of LGBT individuals and people living with HIV.  The Garner Fellowship will contribute to Lambda Legal’s expansion of our current work to serve more communities of color and address the intersection of LGBT discrimination and racism, sexism, and poverty that affects African-American LGBT communities. 
Qualifications and Responsibilities:
We are looking for recent law school graduates who have first-hand understanding of the issues that affect communities of color and have demonstrable interest in working with LGBT and HIV issues affecting African-American communities.  The Garner Fellow will work with colleagues to:
·       identify and connect with key African-American leaders and organizations to further inform and guide our efforts to serve African-American LGBT communities;
·       identify important LGBT and HIV legal issues that affect African-American communities, particularly considering inequities and barriers that disproportionately affect African-American LGBT communities;
·       identify poverty-, class- and race-related legal issues that particularly affect African-American LGBT communities that Lambda Legal should address;
·       develop legal resources focused on the specific challenges of people living with HIV in LGBT African-American communities;
·       develop legal resources focused on the specific challenges LGBTQ youth of color face in school, foster care, shelter and juvenile justice systems.
The salary for the Fellowship is $50,000 for the year, and includes health insurance, vacation and other employment benefits. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance. Generous vacation.

The position is open until filled.  The fellowship anticipates an early fall start date, but may be flexible depending upon the successful candidate’s needs. Please send résumé, writing sample, and letter of interest indicating the Lambda Legal office(s) in which the applicant would be interested in working; a description of experience working in African-American communities; a description of interest in addressing LGBT and HIV issues in African-American communities; and particular areas or legal issues of interest relating to the position to:

Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10005-3904
Fax: 212-809-0055
Include the words “Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email transmitting your application materials. Please indicate which of our offices you would consider.
Capitol Hill Days

Friday, April 4-Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Population Connection is currently extending invitations to their annual advocacy conference, Capitol Hill Days, which will take place Friday, April 4-Tuesday, April 8, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. This weekend consists of informational sessions and interactive advocacy training focused on the pressing need for U.S. investment in international family planning, leading up to lobby visits on Capitol Hill.


The event will have Population Connection members, students, and supporters coming to DC from around the country.

The program is free to attend. Student scholarships are available for student travel and housing, but registration is required. For more information, you can contact Program Assistant, Jessica Anderson, at 202-332-2200 or

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